You are here

Programs Manager at Homeless Garden Project - 10382

Job Title: 
Programs Manager
Homeless Garden Project
30 West Cliff Dr
95060 Santa Cruz , CA
Job Type: 
Employment Type: 
Job Description: 

Programs Manager: Transitional Employment & Social Work Programs
Hours: 40 hours/week

Benefits: Pro-rated vacation and sick time; accrual max applies, health benefits

Reports to: Executive Director

Description of Organization and General Function

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, CA, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, HGP operates a vibrant community volunteer and education program. The training, employment, education and volunteer programs take place in a 3.5 organic farm and related enterprises.

The Transitional Employment program provides job training, a wage, a structured work schedule and regular feedback to participants (trainees). The program aims to be a developmental, educational experience in which trainees learn, apply and practice basic work-readiness skills to prepare them to transition into the workforce. The Transitional employment program takes place in the Project’s certified organic farm and related enterprises, utilizing therapeutic horticulture and the community building the farm fosters.

Our Connecting with Community program builds trainee well-being to support trainees’ sustainable transition into a job. Trainees work in partnership with the social work team to connect with community resources, and set and work towards short and long-term goals. The team monitors trainee progress toward goals and supports meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. Social work interns and staff foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal related to a career plan. Support services are considered a best practice in transitional jobs for people who experience barriers to employment.

HGP is in an exciting period of growth, preparing to move our farm from its temporary 3.5-acre site to a permanent 9.5-acre farm site, within a 20-acre site on City of Santa Cruz Pogonip park land. This new permanent site will allow us to triple our job training capacity, over time, providing 50 positions each year.
As we prepare for this expansion of services, HGP seeks an experienced and dedicated individual to lead the programs that serve people experiencing homelessness—our Transitional Employment program and social work program. This position will manage all aspects of trainee and graduate experience, from outreach to alumni program. The ideal candidate will also have a commitment to ending homelessness and have experience with employment and workforce programs.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Transitional Employment and Social Work Program Manager is responsible for building excellence in HGP’s employment and support services programs, including oversight and coordination of the Transitional Jobs and Social Work programs. This includes ensuring that HGP’s programs deliver quality client-centered services to our trainees, developing and maintaining a strong network with local service providers, supporting planning for our program expansion and ongoing program development.

Duties & Responsibilities: 


Build and manage an effective social work team that provides year-round quality services using evidence-based practices: including assessment, referral and goal setting.
Manage Training and Education Supervisor and interns.
Identify and connect Homeless Garden Project and our trainees to appropriate local services and providers
Provide crisis support for trainees
Build a culture of learning among staff, interns and volunteers, collecting and using data to evaluate program strengths and areas for improvement.
With Volunteer Coordinator, plan, oversee and develop alumni program to ensure HGP goals of long-term job retention, career advancement and stable housing are met.
Incorporate best practices and ensure continuous improvement in our trainee programs
Represent and advocate for Homeless Garden Project’s programs and constituents in local homeless and workforce efforts

Education & Experience: 


***A Master’s of Social Work Degree and at least two years’ experience in the field***

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
Ability to work both independently and take direction
Motivation to take on additional community involvement projects and solve problems
Comfort in a fast-paced environment
Familiarity with and commitment to Positive Psychology and Motivational Interviewing approach
Experience with supervision of volunteers and interns
Experience working with diverse populations and dedication to social justice principles.

Desirable skills and qualifications:

Experience in workforce development field
Program management in human services field

Application Instructions: 

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, classes, and religious identities to apply.

To Apply:

Mail resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director, P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or email to

Resumes will be accepted until position is filled; initial resume review begins May 18, 2020.

Job Categories: 
Administrative & Finance